who will change the way
you see the world
200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. Our subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world - whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown - to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred 'real women', with 'real stories'.
Libby Lyons was born in Devonport in Tasmania, Australia. Lyons first worked as a primary school teacher, before embarking on a successful career in corporate affairs and government relations across numerous industries. Lyons has sat on the boards of the non-profit organisation SIDS, Kids Western Australia and Kalparrin. In 2015, she was appointed as the director of Australia's Workplace Gender Equality Agency for a period of five years.